Book Review #28: Carrie by Stephen King

The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.”

I have never read a Stephen King novel prior to this one, but I’m glad I did read one of his novels because this was great! It wasn’t outlined in chapters like other novels, however, it was separated with things such as book excerpts, articles, and court testimonies. That fact of the book made it really raw and gritty like I was reading something written about an actual event.

However, as much as I did love this book there were quite a few things that really rubbed me the wrong way. First of all, all the foreshadowing like “Carrie is going to kill a lot of f****ing people” and “the town is going to be destroyed.” After all that, it just seemed kind of stale and it took away from what reaction the end of the book was supposed to elicit. I think that if we didn’t know what was going to happen at the end of the novel, we would’ve of been very surprised at Carrie’s development, which brings me to my next point

My second point is that I found that there wasn’t really any character development to Carrie. Like, I can admit she developed when she was slowly getting the hang of learning her powers, but her suddenly deciding to kill everyone kind of seemed out of the blue. She could’ve had thoughts where she wanted to hurt the people that have hurt her prior to hurting everyone.

Overall this is a good horror novel for any horror buff and I really enjoyed it.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review #28: Carrie by Stephen King

  1. I recommend that you try a few more of his novels, His writing is different. He wrote a lot of his best works in the 70s to 90s IMHO. Did you watch The Dome late this past summer? That is based on a Stephan King book of more recent years. I’m enjoying the TV show quite a lot, perhaps it is on netflix too?

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